Jose's rants


Referee Anthony Taylor booked Cesc Fabregas for diving in Chelsea's 1-1 draw at St Mary's. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: "In other countries where I worked before, tomorrow in the sports papers it would be a front-page scandal because it is a scandal.

"I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty - it is a penalty like Big Ben."


Striker Diego Costa picked up his fifth yellow card of the season for catching Sunderland's Wes Brown with a flailing arm.

Asked if Costa's feisty approach to the game was becoming a problem, Mourinho said: "Why do you speak all the time about Diego? I don't agree, I don't agree. We don't cry about injured or suspended players."


Mourinho described Arsene Wenger as a "specialist in failure" after the Frenchman claimed that other Premier League bosses were playing down their title chances because they "fear to fail".


After losing to Barcelona in 2006, he said: "When I saw Frank Rijkaard (then-Barcelona coach) entering the referee's dressing room, I couldn't believe it. When Didier Drogba was sent off (after half-time), I wasn't surprised."

Referee Anders Frisk later quit as an official, but Uefa denied it was due to Mourinho's comments.

MAY 2005

Mourinho questioned the validity of Liverpool forward Luis Garcia's goal which put Chelsea out of the Champions League semi-finals.

He said: "I felt the power of Anfield, it was magnificent. I felt it didn't interfere with my players, but maybe it interfered with other people and maybe with the result. You should ask the linesman why he gave a goal."


Mourinho defended putting a finger to his lips during the Carling Cup final against Liverpool, an action which resulted in him being sent to the stands.

He said: "I don't regret it... I have a lot of respect for Liverpool fans and what I did, the sign of silence - 'shut your mouth' - was not for them, it was for the English press." - PA Sport.